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President at the Crossroads

President at the Crossroads
at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Special Exhibit
March 4 - December 31, 2016

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Death in the White House

Death in the White House: A Nation Mourns
at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Special Exhibit
April 3 - December 31, 2015

Since John and Abigail Adams first entered it in 1800, the White
House has been home to familiar people who we love to call our
own. We know the first family's personalities, their quirks, the
children and grandchildren. And yet, eight presidents and three
first ladies have passed in the White House, causing us to also
share in their grief. This special exhibit spans two centuries of
the lives--and deaths--of some of the country's most beloved,
controversial and, ultimately, mourned individuals.

William Henry Harrison

Letitia Tyler

Zachary Taylor

Abraham Lincoln

James Garfield

Caroline Harrison

William McKinley

Ellen Wilson

Warren G. Harding

Franklin D. Roosevelt

John F. Kennedy


Who Do You Think They Were?

Who Do You Think They Were?
February 17 to December 31, 2014

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"Who Do You Think They Were?" was our 10-month major exhibition in 2014.  Harrison heritage is part of United States history.  The family helped shape the nation and, in turn, events of their times shaped Harrison and his extended families.  The exhibit featured family treasures including a letter from Benjamin Harrison V, a lock of John Neal's hair, Mary Harrison McKee's DAR applications and certificate, Mary Lord Harrison's passports, and early genealogy charts.

A shipyard owner, an exporter, a plantation owner, a Major General, a farmer, a congressman, an artist, a graduate of Clinton Academy, a Presbyterian minister, a college professor, and a man and his two daughters all struck by lightning on a fateful July 12, 1745...

Who do you think they were?

Exploring Harrison family lines will help visitors learn what to look for in tracing their own family history. 

To learn more about Harrison genealogy, explore:2007 441 ABC

Free genealogy resources: grave web

Libraries and other resources:

National Archives
Indiana State Library
315 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3210
Genealogy Collection
317-232-3689 Reference Desk
The Genealogy Center
Allen County Public Library
900 Library Plaza
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Indiana State Archives
6440 East 30th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46219-1007

Indiana Historical Society
450 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46202

Web hyperlinks to non-museum sites are not the responsibility of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.

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Raising the Hem: Historic Fashions of American Nobility

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February 18 to December 31, 2013

"Raising the Hem: Historic Fashions of American Nobility" was our 10-month major exhibition. It featured dresses of several First Ladies including Caroline Harrison, Mary Lincoln, Grace Coolidge, and Mamie Eisenhower, just to name a few. Many were on loan from the National First Ladies Library. Dresses were rotated during the exhibit with 20 or more on display at any one time.

More changed in the lives of women than a simple hemline during the 100 years represented. As women's social status changed and they entered the work force, their clothing styles reflected more freedom in mobility. Raising the Hem was a beautiful complement to our permanent display of women's suffrage artifacts in the restored carriage house. The hem has been raised; come explore our exhibit to learn about the changes through history. The exhibit ran from February 18 to December 31, 2013.

Dresses, capes, hats, shoes, fans and purses of White House ladies were among the features of Raising the Hem. Guests of all ages will become immersed in the exhibit's interactive components, which include a life-sized paper dress-up doll, a touch table with decorative fans and a "write-in" activity for those wishing to leave a written mark. Raising the Hem featured: Grace Coolidge, Mamie Eisenhower, Julia Grant, Florence Harding, Harriet Lane, Mary Lincoln, Mary Arthur McElroy, Jane Pierce, Edith Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Taft, Bess Truman, Edith Wilson, Caroline Harrison, and Mary Harrison McKee.

The dresses shown here from top to bottom are Mamie Eisenhower, Grace Coolidge (both courtesy of the National First Ladies Library), and Caroline Harrison.

Special Thanks to Supporters:

National First Ladies Library
Indiana State Museum (loan of mannequins)
Morris-Butler House (loan of dress forms)
Indianapolis Museum of Art

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Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of Caroline Scott Harrison Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.




Indiana's Favorite Sons

current-1"Indiana's Favorite Sons" focused on Indiana Presidential and Vice-presidential candidates through the years. Some were born in Indiana, some grew up in Indiana, and some were nominated or elected from Indiana. Some Indiana "Hopefuls" were also be explored, men who tried but were never party candidates.

One of the earliest Hoosier national ticket candidates was George Julian, nominated in 1852, to run as vice president on the Free Democrat ticket under John P. Hale. Other names may sound more familiar such as Eugene V. Debs of Terre Haute nominated five times for president, representing the Socialist Party between 1904 and 1920. Wendell Willkie born in Elwood nominated as the Republican Party candidate for president in 1940. Benjamin Harrison the only president elected from the state.

Do you remember Colfax, Hendricks, Marshall, or Kern? These are just a few of Indiana's Favorite Sons.

“An American citizen could not be a good citizen who did not have a hope in his heart.” ~ Benjamin Harrison

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